Canterbury take fifth place in Europe after Battle of Britain

Canterburys Mel Clewlow celebrates scoring in Europe EHF Ady Kerry

Canterbury avenged their defeat to Surbiton in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Final, beating their domestic rivals 3-2 to take fifth place at the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup in Bilthoven this past weekend.

The teams had been matched together after both suffered heavy defeats in their opening matches as the English Champions went down 6-0 to UHC Hamburg in their first match, thanks largely to a stunning goalscoring display from Charlotte Stapenhorst. The German international struck five times with Captain Janne Muller-Wieland adding another to make it 6-0. Canterbury too were subjected to a 6-0 loss to home side SCHC. Dutch stars Ginella Zerbo and Caia van Maasakker helped themselves to a brace each.

That meant Surbiton would take on Russian outfit SP Krylatskoye on day two. Jenna Woolven gave Surbiton the lead and then a Naomi Evans penalty corner doubled the lead. Hanna Coulson made it 3-0 on 20 minutes and although Bogdana Sadovaia pulled one back Evans added another to ensure a late second from Krylatskoye was in vain and Surbiton won 4-2.

Canterbury took on Pegasus of Ireland knowing Surbiton would be waiting for them should they win. Dirkie Chamberlain netted twice for the Kent side with a Mel Clewlow penalty corner goal in-between ensuring a comfortable 3-0 win.

That meant that the final game would be a repeat of the English final with fifth place up for grabs.

On an overcast morning with rain threatening, Surbiton made a good, taking the lead in the fourth minute. Beckie Middleton cross from the right hand side was slotted home by Georgie Twigg. Clewlow levelled things just before half time from a penalty corner.

Surbiton started the second half with renewed in tent and in the 38th minute Naomi Evans scored her third goal of the tournament from open play to give Brett Garrard’s team the lead. They retained that lead until ten minutes from time when Jen Wilson seized on a defensive slip to make it 2-2. Two minutes later Canterbury were ahead. A well worked routine allowed Clewlow to fire the ball in for Wilson to deflect into the roof the net. Surbiton almost levelled in the dying moments but Sarah Page’s shot hit the woodwork and Canterbury took the win and fifth place.

In the 7th/ 8th place play-off, CSP Krylatskoye came from 1-0 down to beat Pegasus 4-2.

UHC Hamburg finished third following their 3-2 win over Club Campo De Madrid.

‘s-Hertogenbosch faced SCHC in the final for the second season running and as last year the cup was decided by a shootout. This time, it was ‘s-Hertogenbosch who won 3-2 in the shootout after the teams drew 1-1 in normal time.

All the details of the weekend's results and scorers can be found here.